Nov 26, 2012

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Question – What Is The Silliest Title You’ve Ever Come Across?

It must be quite stressful for an author and their editor to come up with the perfect title for a book.  Think about it – it readers don’t like your title, they could be completely turned off from even trying your book!  The wrong title can also give potential readers the completely wrong idea about your story and it could also cause giggles instead of interest.  You know, like these…

The Spaniard’s Defiant Virgin

In the Australian Billionaire’s Arms

Forced Wife, Royal Love-Child

Bought: Destitute Yet Defiant

Untamed Italian, Blackmailed Innocent

The Morning After (Forbidden!)

Desert Prince, Defiant Virgin

His Pregnancy Ultimatum (Expecting!)

The Husband She Never Knew

As you probably guessed, these are all titles of books in the Harlequin Presents series.  I think Harlequin Presents have the best / worst titles.  I often wonder who actually comes up with them and if the author has any say.  Or is the author told to come up with a very obvious title and that’s what they stick with?  Of course, there are some ‘regular’ titles available in that series, such as Seduction, Beyond Compare and Innocent Sins but most of the titles are a little on the silly side (in my opinion).  Do the titles turn me off from reading?  Nope.  I don’t really read them because I just don’t have the time. And in this case, it’s Harlequin so I expect the titles to be a little wonky.  But by far, this series holds some of the silliest titles I have ever come across.

How about you…  What are some of the silliest titles you’ve ever come across? 

 

  1. Honestly, I can’t think of the silliest title I’ve come across right now, but your timing is funny. Last night, I had the book DIRE WANTS by Stephanie Tyler out to finish my review. My son (9 yrs) saw it and said “What a silly title.” Of course, I didn’t even try to explain to him what it meant!

  2. Lol, well yes the harlequin titles are the silliest. What were they thinking with the forced one!? It sounds like he rapes her and they get a child

  3. Lol, I had author Michelle Styles explain that to me. The title is supposed to tell what the story is about. And really, it does tell you all you need to know. Which is a good thing, if you love reading certain tropes, like billioniares, or spaniards, or pregnancies, etc.

  4. This is a tough one, as I’d immediately shy away from books with extremely cheesy titles. However, in reviewing my reading list, I came across these two:

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf – Just taking this title on face value, it raises a lot of questions. Just why is the Werewolf naked? Did he just get done with a night or running around hunting bunnies? Or is he a closet flasher? Assuming the shifter is male, just how hard can it be to seduce him? He’s naked, and very in touch with his animal side, you get naked… queue the sexy times. Right?

    The Near Witch – On first glance the very first thing that comes to mind is wtf? So the witch is “near” as opposed to “far”? Does that make her more scary? Is she hiding behind the shrubberies outside my window, breathing heavily right now? On reading the book, we realize the witch is from the town of Near, but even then – what kind of silly town name is that? And what a lack luster book title.

    On a side note, I am sick to death of books (generally YA) with the words “Beauty” or “Beautiful” in the title. Beautiful Disaster, A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Beautiful and the Cursed, Monstrous Beauty, Beautiful Demons, Breaking Beautiful, The Treachery of Beautiful Things, A Beautiful Dark… I could go on forever. Seeing those words in a title, instantly makes me assume the book is going to be cheesy. I get it – your heroine is beautiful, and something truly monstrous or dark is going to happen to her in your story… guess what? That describes EVERY YA romance book. Get a bit more original with your titles, please.

  5. Btw – I loved your, Julie! Have you actually READ those books? My favs:

    Forced Wife, Royal Love-Child
    Bought: Destitute Yet Defiant
    The Morning After (Forbidden!)

  6. There are so many bad titles as they are many bad covers, but you are right Harlequin Presents is one of the best/worst title/cover publishers.

  7. twimom – Yeah…good call on not explaining that one to your son Jen lol

    blodeuedd – I know!

    aurian – It does tell you all you need to know, that is true. :)

    Jessica – Oh the werewolf one is good. Good call on that one. And no, I did not read any of those particular Harlequin books. I found them when I was searching for other books and they always stood out for me. :)

    BookaholicCat – They make me giggle

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